Have you ever just had one of those random ideas in the middle of a session that turn out to be a great teaching moment?

This week, I was working with one of my artic students on a new sound (/ch).  I introduced it in our session by talking about the placement, and what we were going to need to do with our tongues and mouths.  My student gave it a few tries, but was having trouble remembering what he was supposed to do.

So I pulled out a couple of pieces of paper, and decided that we would make posters with the correct placement and cues, so we could refer back to them when we were working on the sound.  I explained what I did with my mouth in order to make the /ch/ sound, and then I had him tell me in his own words.  We wrote all of these things down on our new posters and drew some picture cues to help us remember.

It turned out to be a great teachable moment!  The next time I saw him, I pulled our posters off my dry erase board, and he was able to tell me on his own exactly what he needed to do to make the sound.

I ended up making these with several of my students working on articulation this week.  While I intend on using these in therapy for a while, I also plan on sending them home with my students to help them explain to their parents exactly what it is they need to do to make their sounds.

I think this would work well for all of my students with articulation and phonology goals.  What do you think?  Would you use something like this in therapy?

I don't know about you, but I seem to have gathered quite the collection of therapy materials over the years, especially with my go to resource, TpT!  Finding ways to store them all can be challenging, and I have tried several different storage solutions over the years.

Today, I'm going to show you some of the ways that I store my printed TpT materials.  Clearly, everyone has their own space to use with different limitations, but this is what works for me!

I prefer to store different materials in different ways.  For my progress monitoring tools, monthly homework packets, no prep packets, and other seasonal full page materials, I use binders.  I keep these on a bookshelf that I found at a used furniture store and painted black - this shelf is next to my therapy table, and within easy reach of my rolling chair.

For materials that have stimulus cards or other small pieces, I store them in either my converted toolbox (check out the makeover HERE) or plastic drawers (makeover HERE).

I have each drawer labeled with a general target area (categories, fluency, phonology, etc.).

I use this metal set of drawers from IKEA right next to my therapy table to store student copies of materials for the week or month (such as pages from my monthly homework packets or articulation coloring pages).  It takes me some time each month at the copier, but I find if I keep in mind how many students I have working on what goals, I can get it done pretty quickly.  (So, for example, I know I have 5 students working on the /l/ sound, I'll make 5 copies of those pages.)  Each drawer is designated for a specific area - phonology, younger articulation, older articulation, lower level language, and higher level language.

I keep each packet together with paper clips, with post it notes on each packet to keep track of which packet is for which student.

(And for those of you that travel and don't have your own space, I know what it's like!  Here are some of my best tips to surviving as a traveling SLP!)

How do you store your different materials?
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